Southeastern Minnesota Supercommunity

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Supercommunity Background

Olmsted County was initially identified to the CTISP-DI team as the Supercommunity for Minnesota; however, after the initial engagement with Olmsted County, it became clear that the 12 counties that comprise the Southeastern Minnesota region were all interested in being involved in the project. After careful consideration and multiple discussions, it was determined that four of the counties would participate in the project; however, the four counties would be treated as one Supercommunity, with some variations in recommendations, as determined by the community assessment process. The four counties are described in further detail below.

Dodge County

Dodge County, Minnesota, is a small community, with a population of 20,243, according to 2011 census data. Dodge County Human Services is the county agency responsible for child welfare services in the community. Dodge County receives approximately 350 reports of child abuse and neglect each year. As of August 2013, Dodge County had 17 children in some type of out-of-home care. The average median income is $66,216. The ethnic make-up of the county is predominantly White at 97.5%, 0.04% Black, 0.05% Asian, and 5.3% Hispanic.

Olmsted County

Olmsted County, Minnesota, is the largest community in the Minnesota Supercommunity, with a population of 145,769, according to 2011 census data. Rochester is the largest city in the county, as well as the county seat, with a population of 106,769. Olmsted County Child and Family Services is the county agency responsible for child welfare services in the community. Olmsted County receives approximately 600 reports of child abuse and neglect each year. As of August 2013, Olmsted County had 40 children in some type of out-of-home care.

Rochester is home to the world renowned Mayo Clinic, which has a major impact on the city’s industry, diversity of people, and the median income. The average median income is $66,202. The ethnic make-up of the county is predominantly White at 87%; 15% Black; 5.6% Asian; and 4.3% Hispanic.

Olmsted County was one of the first child welfare jurisdictions in the world to achieve full- scale implementation of the Signs of Safety (SOS) principles and elements, and this is embedded into the culture and daily practice, across the organization. Olmsted County has received ongoing training and consultation from Andrew Turnell, one of the co-developers of SOS. The Mayo Clinic Child and Family Advocacy Center is located in Rochester, which is one of the two child advocacy centers located within the Supercommunity.

Waseca County

Waseca County, Minnesota, is the smallest community in the Minnesota Supercommunity, with a population of 19,273 according to 2011 census data. Waseca County Human Services is the county agency responsible for child welfare services in the community. Waseca County receives approximately 350 reports of child abuse and neglect each year.  As of August 2013, they had 26 kids in some type of out-of-home care. This number is higher than what is considered average for Waseca County due to a few new cases with large sibling groups. Waseca is primarily a rural and farming community.  The average median income is $52,357. The ethnic make-up of the county is predominantly White at 94.8%, 0.04% Black, 0.08% Asian, and 5.3% Hispanic.

Winona County

Winona County, Minnesota, is the second largest community in the Minnesota Supercommunity with a population of 51,378, according to 2011 census data. The city of Winona is the county seat, and the largest city in the county with a population of 27,592. Winona is also home to Winona State University and the National Child Protection Training Center. Winona County Department of Human Services is the county agency responsible for child welfare services in the community. In 2013, Winona County received 786 reports of child abuse and neglect. As of August 2013, Winona County had 20 children in some type of out of home care. Matty’s Place, the other child advocacy center located within the Minnesota Supercommunity, is located in Winona. The average median income is $44,848. The ethnic make-up of the county is predominantly White at 94.8%; 1.3% Black; 2.4% Asian, and 2.6% Hispanic.